Mal Meninga, head coach of the Australian international team, has joined NRL’s Gold Coast Titans on a three-year-deal as head of performance and culture.
The 58-year-old is set to move his family from Canberra and he will remain in charge of the Kangaroos, balancing the two roles. Part of the position will involve mentoring Titans’ head coach Garth Brennan who will be embarking on his second year as an NRL boss in 2019. Meninga, after the role was announced, was at pains to explain that he wouldn’t be interested in taking the club’s top job. “I have said on several occasions I have no desire to return to NRL club coaching and that remains the case,” he explained.
Indeed, the former St Helens player outlined his desire to help the club going forward. “Working with the Titans – the youngest club in the NRL – in this role allows me to contribute to the game at club level with new and different challenges,” he added. The NRL’s CEO Todd Greenberg has himself revealed that there is a condition in place with this deal whereby Meninga – named the thirteenth Immortal in 2015 – will have to ensure his role with the national team takes priority. “Mal is required throughout the year to promote the game, providing mentoring and assistance to young players and to assist with the elite level of the game,” Greenberg explained. “But since there are no Kangaroos matches until the end of the 2019 season he will have capacity to devote to the Titans’ role.”